• ​​Sharma_Naveen_Head.jpgPosition:  Associate Professor
  • Department: School of Health Sciences
    Exercise and Health Sciences Division
  • Campus Address: HP Building 1174
  • Office Phone: 989-774-2927
  • Lab Phone: 989-774-2127
  • Email: sharm2n@cmich.edu
  • Courses:
    HSC 308 - Physiology of Sport and Exercise
    HSC 503 - Health Implications of Obesity
    HSC 510  - Independent Reading Experience
    HSC 612  -  Individualized Learning Exp.
    HON 399 - Independent Study
    HON 499 - Senior Project
  • Area(s) of Expertise: 
    -Exercise Physiology
  • -Insulin Resistance
    -Aging
    -Nutrition
    -Calorie restriction
    -Skeletal muscle
    -Cardiac muscle
    -Metabolism
    -Cell Signaling​​

Degrees and Universities

Bachelor of Science: Queen's University (2001). Biology
Bachelor of Physical Health Education: Queen's University (2001). Exercise Physiology

Masters of Science: Case Western Reserve University (2004). Exercise Physiology
Ph.D.: Case Western Reserve University (2007). Nutrition
Post-Doctoral Training: University of Michigan (2010). Muscle Biology


Professional Organizations

American Neurological Society

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Diabetes Association

American Physiological Society

American Heart Association

Endocrine Society

Michigan Physiological Society

Research Areas

Aging leads to an increased prevalence of several pathologies that are linked to insulin resistance including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders.  Dr. Sharma’s lab is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that lead to age-associated insulin resistance, and how interventions such as diet and exercise may slow this consequence of aging.


Peer-Reviewed Publications 

  1. Sharma N, Arias EB, and Cartee GD. Inhibition of Akt2 phosphorylation abolishes the calorie restriction-induced improvement in insulin-stimulated glucose uptake by rat soleus muscle.  Appl Phys Nutr Metab 41: 1208-11, 2016.
  1. Sessions J, Bourbeau K, Rosinski M, Szczygiel T, Nelson R, Sharma N, and Zuhl MN.  The effects of carbohydrate gel ingestion during running in the heat on markers of gastrointestinal damage and plasma cytokines.  Eur J Sport Sci 3: 1-9, 2016.
  1. Wang H, Sharma N, Arias EB, and Cartee GD.  Insulin signaling and glucose uptake in the soleus muscle of 30-month-old rats after calories restriction with or without acute exercise.  J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 71: 323-32, 2016.
  1. Castorena CM, Arias EB, Sharma N, and Cartee GD.  Effects of a brief high fat diet and acute exercise on the MTORC1 and IKK/NF-κB pathway in rat skeletal muscle.  Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 40: 251-62, 2015.
  1. Sharma N, Wang H, Arias EB, Castorena CM, and Cartee GD.  Mechanisms for independent and combined effects of calorie restriction and acute exercise on insulin-stimulated glucose uptake by skeletal muscle of old rats. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 308: E603-612, 2015.